Manufacturing News – Late August 2022

A unique collective of manufacturers are embarking on a major recruitment drive after a string of reshoring wins and new breakthroughs in electrification technology.

The Manufacturing Assembly Network (MAN), which comprises eight sub-contract manufacturers and a specialist engineering design agency, has got more than 50 different vacancies currently up for grabs and is urging people to come forward to make the most of the opportunities.

Roles range from SMT quality technicians and casting experts to technical sales and CNC machine setters, with firms also placing their faith in the future by investing in a host of interns and apprentices.


UK manufacturing output fell for the first time since February 2021 in the three months to August, with no growth expected in the three months ahead. That’s according to the latest monthly Industrial Trends Survey from the CBI and Accenture.

Manufacturers also reported order books falling below “normal” levels, and expectations for selling price inflation picking up.


A leader in UK manufacturing technology innovation is to open offices in the centre of Manchester, which could help the region close its manufacturing output gap of £500m.

The High Value Manufacturing Catapult (HVM Catapult), as well as deep tech innovation organisation, CPI, are taking space in Bruntwood SciTech’s Circle Square, close to the University of Manchester campus.

HVM Catapult is the go-to place for manufacturing technology innovation, with seven centres across the country, covering the full range of manufacturing technology capabilities, from materials to biologics and from automation to virtual reality, from additive manufacturing to metal forming.

It offers open access to the latest industrial scale equipment, leading expertise and an environment of collaboration between industry, academia and government. It works with businesses of all sizes and all sectors to help turn ideas into commercial applications.


Six major players in the forging and forming industries have joined the University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC), part of the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS) Group, just months after it established an outreach office in Sheffield to support a cluster of innovative companies vital to the UK’s transition to a greener economy.

The six new members are: Sheffield Forgemasters; Forged Solutions Group; Independent Forging and Alloys; Maher; Castings Technology International; and Footprint Tools.

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